Since August 1998, Beloit College has released The Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.

As Beloit College highlights, this year’s entering college class of 2015, most of them born in 1993, are the first generation to grow up taking the word “online” for granted and for whom crossing the digital divide has redefined research, original sources and access to information, changing the central experiences and methods in their lives. Unofficially named the Make Me Feel Old List, here is a preview of The Mindset List for the Class of 2015:

  1. There has always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway.
  2. Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
  3. The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.
  4. They “swipe” cards, not merchandise.
  5. Their school’s “blackboards” have always been getting smarter.
  6. “Don’t touch that dial!”….what dial?
  7. Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
  8. Refer to LBJ, and they might assume you’re talking about LeBron James.
  9. O.J. Simpson has always been looking for the killers of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
  10. Life has always been like a box of chocolates.
  11. John Wayne Bobbitt has always slept with one eye open.
  12. The Communist Party has never been the official political party in Russia.
  13. “Yadda, yadda, yadda” has always come in handy to make long stories short.
  14. Video games have always had ratings.
  15. Chicken soup has always been soul food.
  16. The Rocky Horror Picture Show has always been available on TV.
  17. Jimmy Carter has always been a smiling elderly man who shows up on TV to promote fair elections and disaster relief.
  18. Arnold Palmer has always been a drink.
  19. Dial-up is soooooooooo last century!
  20. Women have always been kissing women on television.
  21. Faux Christmas trees have always outsold real ones.
  22. Unlike their older siblings, they spent bedtime on their backs until they learned to roll over.
  23. Music has always been available via free downloads.
  24. Sears has never sold anything out of a Big Book that could also serve as a doorstop.
  25. Electric cars have always been humming in relative silence on the road.
  26. They’re the first generation to grow up hearing about the dangerous overuse of antibiotics.
  27. They pressured their parents to take them to Taco Bell or Burger King to get free pogs.
  28. No state has ever failed to observe Martin Luther King Day.
  29. While they’ve been playing outside, their parents have always worried about nasty new bugs borne by birds and mosquitoes.
  30. Some of them have been inspired to actually cook by watching the Food Channel.
  31. Fidel Castro’s daughter and granddaughter have always lived in the United States.
  32. Their parents have always been able to create a will and other legal documents online.
  33. They’ve grown up with George Stephanopoulos as the Dick Clark of political analysts.
  34. New Kids have always been known as NKOTB.
  35. They’ve always wanted to be like Shaq or Kobe: Michael Who?
  36. They’ve often broken up with their significant others via texting, Facebook, or MySpace.
  37. Frasier, Sam, Woody and Rebecca have never Cheerfully frequented a bar in Boston during primetime.
  38. Major League Baseball has never had fewer than three divisions and never lacked a wild card entry in the playoffs.
  39. Nurses have always been in short supply.
  40. They won’t go near a retailer that lacks a website.
  41. When they were 3, their parents may have battled other parents in toy stores to buy them a Tickle Me Elmo while they lasted.
  42. It seems the United States has always been looking for an acceptable means of capital execution.
  43. Andy Warhol is a museum in Pittsburgh.
  44. McDonalds coffee has always been just a little too hot to handle.
  45. “PC” has come to mean Personal Computer, not Political Correctness.

 (To access The Mindset List for the Class of 2015 full list click here)

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